MVP Health Care receives ‘Gold’ Award for workplace wellness

first_imgMVP Health Care,MVP Health Care, a leading not-for-profit health care plan, today announced that it has been honored by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for its worksite wellness program.  MVP received the award from Governor Peter Shumlin at the Worksite Wellness Conference, presented by the Vermont Department of Health, held earlier today in Burlington for its promotion of good health practices on and off the job. Receiving the award on behalf of MVP was President and CEO Dave Oliker.‘At MVP, our employees and their families are the heart of our business,’ Oliker said. ‘As a result, our company culture focuses on our employee wellness programs, which engage our employees and their families to live healthy lifestyles, decrease the risk of disease, and enhance the quality of life, all of which contribute to the company’s continued success.’MVP was recognized for its outstanding tools and support it offers employees and their families including premium discounts for healthy BMI data, Wellstyle Rewards, a points-based incentive program for employees who are improving their personal health status, a 10-week Choose to Lose weight loss challenge and access to health coaches, online tools, classes and programs.‘We are committed to offering our employees and their families the same kinds of wellness programs to get and stay healthy that we embed in many of the health insurance products we offer in the Vermont communities that we live, work and serve,’ said William Little, Vice President at MVP Health Care in Vermont.This is the first time MVP Health Care has been recognized by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Worksite Wellness Committee and was chosen from a group of 79 entrants.About MVP Health CareFounded in 1983, MVP Health Care is a regional, not-for-profit health insurer based in Schenectady, N.Y. Through its operating subsidiaries, it provides fully insured and self-funded employer health benefits plans, dental insurance, and ancillary products, such as flexible-spending accounts, to more than 700,000 subscribers in New York State, Vermont and New Hampshire. For more information, visit: www.mvphealthcare.com(link is external).last_img read more

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South Africa’s Standard Bank takes first step away from coal, will stop funding new power plants

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:South Africa’s Standard Bank will not fund any new coal-fired power plant projects, but will continue to provide finance to thermal coal mining projects and companies if they meet certain criteria, it said on Thursday.Climate activists have been pressuring Standard Bank – Africa’s largest bank by assets – to curb its lending to the coal, oil, and gas sectors, which together accounted for around 4% of its lending and commitments in December 2019.Under a new fossil fuels financing policy, Standard Bank may only finance thermal coal mining projects that comply with international conventions on greenhouse gas emissions and the environment such as the Equator Principles. The bank justified its continuing financing of thermal coal extraction by saying most of Africa’s electricity is still generated by burning coal.“If we were to stop completely to fund any coal mining related activity, we could as well say we are stopping 80% of Africa’s electricity generation and we do not think that would be a responsible thing to do,” said Kenny Fihla, chief executive of Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking.More than 80% of South Africa’s power is generated by coal, and lenders have not kept pace with international peers on ending funding for thermal coal.Standard Bank said it would not finance contractors or consultants to the thermal coal mining and coal-fired power generation sectors. But the bank will continue to finance new thermal coal mining projects and expansions, existing and new thermal coal mining companies, and existing coal-fired power generation utilities.[Helen Reid]More: S. Africa’s Standard Bank won’t fund new coal power plants, but sticks with coal mining South Africa’s Standard Bank takes first step away from coal, will stop funding new power plantslast_img read more

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How smart are you about promoting programs and services?

first_imgWhat appeals to you more?Get a lower interest rate! How much lower? Nearly 3%!OrRemember the milk, we’ll remember your rewards.Or evenBuy what you need. Support the causes you love most.Let’s face it. People aren’t good at math. It’s an important challenge the credit union industry is tackling with financial literacy programs. Commendable. However, I would bet most people will still sign up for a credit card with a few percent higher interest rate if it means they can get back a few percent in rewards. “They’ll even out in the end, at worst,” may be a common thought.And rewards are just the beginning.You’re a credit union. Community engagement is part of your DNA. Show it!Just take a look at our friends up north. I spoke with a representative from Vancity Credit Union in Vancouver about their credit card program. Why? Because it is different by a long shot.Not only do their members receive rewards, depending on the level of card chosen, but the entire program is a staple of the community. But don’t take my word for it! Here’s how the spokesperson for the program described it to me (emphasis mine):It’s ok if you feel a bit overwhelmed. “But they’re a really big institution, Joe!” That’s fair, and I raised that point to them. They explained how it is related to a percentage of profits, not the total funds. Therefore, a small institution could run a program with smaller investments, but no less impressive impact.Take, for example, Christian Community Credit Union.  Their “Gives to Missions” cards support a variety of community efforts using a portion of profits from interchange fees.  From disaster relief to college scholarships, their members have supported a to-date donation total of over $4 million! Oh, and cardholders receive rewards for every purchase, as well.A recent blog on A Smarter Choice discussed the perks of using a credit union credit card. All of them revolved around the boring rates. It’s true, they are lower, yet wouldn’t it attract more attention if you spoke of building playgrounds in your city and returning rewards to your members?If we talk about being a smarter choice, shouldn’t we be smarter about how we promote our own programs and services? 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Detailslast_img read more

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